Michael Yuen

Michael Yuen

Position: Current PhD Student

School: School of Philosophy

Email: michael.yuen@anu.edu.au

Location: Level 6, Room 6.20, 146 Ellery Cres

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy at the Australian National University (ANU). My research focuses on Kantian philosophy and its relevance today, broadly understood, with an emphasis on Kantian epistemology and its connection to our social and political lives.

In my dissertation, I develop a genuinely Kantian account of speculation. I address why, for Kant, Ideas, which lack empirical referent, are necessary for many empirical pursuits. I argue that, in light of it aspirational character, this account captures an important part of subjectivity: that, a constitutive part of being a social and political subject involves one’s firm assent to propositions that lack empirical referent.

Outside of Kantian philosophy, I have philosophical interests in social theory and broadly European philosophies.

Before coming to ANU in 2016, I completed a BA in Music Composition at the University of Adelaide and an MA in Philosophy at the European Graduate School, working with Alain Badiou. During my Ph.D., I spent a semester as a visitor at Princeton’s Philosophy Department.

When not doing philosophy, I enjoy travelling, rock climbing and drinking coffee.


Kantian Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Epistemology, European philosophy

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